WHY? Event founder and elder Zoe Allison spoke with Xpress about the ceremony:
Mountain Xpress: Can you describe the roots of the vision quest?
Zoe Allison: This is a very old ceremony that was often started in a young person’s life as a way to create a direct connection to the Creator. This call to the divine beings places the quester in a natural setting, ... free from distractions. There, they join a prayer-filled space to peel away some of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual complications that many of us feel need to be addressed. ... The strength [that] questers find in this ritual [comes from] feeling the direct connection with the community that is supporting their personal work by eating and drinking for them. It sounds simple, yet this is where we find some of the most profound teachings. The community, too, has an opportunity to ... learn traditional songs, stories and teachings.
How does someone initiate a relationship with Earth Green Medicine Lodge?
The Earth Green Medicine Lodge community is a safe container for those who are ready and have introduced themselves to the community. We are not looking for numbers here; we are interested in people who want to walk their lives with integrity and [commit] to better their relationship with their Creator. Elders ... who have gone up on the mountain before help guide the quester for months ... to ready them for the personal work they will do. ... To be in right relations with all the beings of this world is a worthwhile goal.
For more information visit: earthgreenmedicinelodge.com or mayanrecordkeeper.com.
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